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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Years Eve Tablescape

Happy, Healthy New Year to my family and friends!





I have been asked several times about the china in my header, so I decided to use it for our New Years Eve dinner...we no longer go out for over-priced, mediocre, at best, dinners, that is for rookies! The china is Noritake Luray, circa 1935. It is white, cream, aqua, tan, yellow, green, pink and a tiny bit of indigo, all with a gold rim. I am still looking for several pieces...I know they are out there somewhere!






I started with a white damask tablecloth (which I should have run an iron over, by the looks) so that the china pattern would show up nicely. Added some solid dark aqua napkins instead of using the ones that go with the tablecloth.






I could only find 2 gold charger plates, so I am using a large aqua dinner plate as them, instead.



Next is the Luray dinner plate.






Next is the Luray square salad plate.




I added the dessert plate, which is the same shade of white and cream, from the same era as the Luray and goes very nicely. It is Hutschenreuther china, circa 1925-1939, some pieces which were used last week, also.






The final layer is the cream soup bowl. The underplate is a Hutschenreuther saucer as I only have 2 underplates so far and this table is set for four!





The stemware is aqua Noritake Sweet Swirl, circa 1988-1994.






I have once again used my favorite pattern, International Silver's Frontenac, circa 1903, sterling. 



For the centerpiece I used the 16-inch oval platter and 3 gold beaded pillar candles.




The rim shot.






Table linens-Savers and Goodwill
Aqua dinner plate-TJMaxx  $1 each
Noritake Luray china-eBay
Hutschenreuther china-Goodwill 37¢ each piece
Noritake Sweet Swirl-Iced tea $1.99 Savers
                                   Wine stems-eBay
International Silver Frontenac-eBay
Gold beaded candles-ARC Thrift Store


  



Thank you for your visit today...hope you will return again the next time!

I will be joining these parties and hope you will too!
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Table


Christmas is almost upon us! The inspiration for the table was the tartan rimmed salad plates. Today is a dark rainy day, so some the photos were taken with the flash.

I knew I was going to use the hand crocheted bedspread as a tablecloth. My brother-in-law bought a house fully furnished and this happened to be part of the furnishings. He graciously let me have this piece of handcraft. Thank you, Mark. I wish I had thought to put a plain red cloth underneath so the pattern would really stand out.



I started layering, starting with a black woven placemat. Next is an over-sized red Waechtersback dinner plate that I am using as a charger. A beautiful Hutschenreuther china, circa 1925-1939, dinner plate in cream and white with gold edging is on top of the red charger. The next layer is the tartan salad plate and finally the cream soup bowls/underplates by Noritake, circa 1912 that my sister Judy found for $2 each set.

The stemware is an etched water glass and a Towle Leyland, circa 1982, wine stem.



The flatware is International Silver's Frontenac, circa 1903, sterling. Some pieces have a monogram, some is plain. It is my favorite pattern, a daylily on each piece. I added the salt dips and spoons but didn't fill them as salt corrodes silver. I will add the salt and pepper just before dinner is served.

I used white, red and black linen napkins tied with a Christmas ornament.


The centerpiece is a couple of gold beaded candles, two red beaded trees, a green ceramic tree, red votives, surrounded with live greens from the yard.
The rim shot!



Thank you for taking the time from your holiday schedule to visit...it is really apprecialted.

Merry Christmas to my family and friends!

I will join these weekly memes.
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pine Cones and Winner of Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps Giveaway!


The inspiration for this week's table are the pine cone dishes, I found at Goodwill last February. I got them on Senior Discount Day so they were 37¢ each! There are 4 dinner and salad/dessert plates and soup bowls...so for $4.44 plus tax I have dishes I can use all winter long! This is a very simple table, but probably my favorite of all I have done...they have two of my favorite colors, green and brown.


Today I will be using the 7¾-inch salad/dessert plate for the dessert. The dishes were made by Hampton @ Home Pine Cone pattern.


The brown and cream 9-inch salad plate is Sterling made in East Liverpool, Ohio. I think it is a type of restaurantware. These were also bought at Goodwill.


The dinner plate is very large, almost 11-inches. Here is an up close of the plate's center.


I tried the setting with the rattan charger, but liked the acrylic that looks like wood better. They are another Goodwill find.

I put the napkin into the brown Noritake Provincial glassware, which you have seen several times. I have 3 sizes, this time I used just the water and wine stems. The ecru tablecloth is machine made lace.


The champagne Madeline flatware is from World Market. It is so versatile, goes with almost everything. I just found out they are now carrying not only champagne and green, but red...maybe Santa will bring me the red...afterall, I have been nice this year!


The Christmas tree in the center is one I have had for about a dozen years. For some reason the little ornaments photograph really flat, some are really shiny, other are a matte finish...it is much more colorful in real life!



Candlelit table...the tree in the background is done in aqua, silver, white and clear ornaments. This tree doesn't photograph good, either...it is one of those fiberoptic, so the photos always look blurry, even when the lights aren't on. Next year I am going to wrap it in clear lights, no more multi colored lights for me!


The winner of the Grace and Miss Mouse Soaps is Carol of There's Always Thyme To Cook. Congratulations, Carol!

Thank you for taking the time to visit today. If you leave a comment, I will be sure to do the same for you, too! Hope to see you back here next time.




I will join:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Touch of Christmas Past



A touch of Christmas from last year. No tablescape this week, the dining room table is piled with totes of ornaments waiting to adorn the tree!





Don't forget to sign up for the Grace and Miss Mouse Soaps giveaway, you still have until December 13 to sign up for the drawing!.

I will have a new tablescape next week, promise.

Thanks for your visit today!

I will join:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps Giveway



If you like handcrafted soaps you will want to enter this giveaway! My sister, Judy, has been making soap and selling it at farmers markets and craft fairs for a few years. She has generously offered six (6) bars of her Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps to a lucky winner of this giveaway. The scents you will be receiving are Fresh Linen, Gardenia, Lavender, Bayberry, Sandalwood and Lemon Drop. These soaps are made with natural ingredients including olive, palm, coconut and castor oils.

Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. I will draw the name and post it on December 13, 2011.